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Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
Kenny Braun

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Oak Hill

From comfort food to Detroit pizza to breakfast tacos

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Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill
| Kenny Braun

With a recent explosion in population, the once-sleepy Oak Hill now hosts some strong dining choices, albeit fewer than in some corners of town. The area is found southwest of Austin proper, neighboring Sunset Valley. To help plan a solid Oak Hill night out, Eater gathered the best of what the southern neighborhood currently has to offer for food and drink.

Oak Hill boasts of Detroit pizza-slingers Via 313 brick and mortar, Jack Gilmore's original Jack Allen's Kitchen, breakfast tacos from Taqueria Chapala 3, sushi and Indonesian fare from Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood, barbecue from Slab, and others.

For other neighborhood guides, check out Eater’s picks for South Congress, downtown Austin, Round Rock, around UT’s campus, and the comprehensive Austin guide.

Everything below is listed in geographical order, from north to south. If your favorite Oak Hill eatery is missing below, let Eater know through the tipline, within the comments, or over on the forum.

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1. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX
(512) 852-8558
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When Jack Gilmore opened his eponymous kitchen in 2009, Oak Hill embraced it with open arms. Nearly eight years later, weekend waits for a table are still the norm. Gilmore focuses on tacos, burgers, chicken fried items, and steaks — there’s something for everyone, served in a New American-style meant for mass appeal. The bar has a long list of Texas craft beers and a pronounced emphasis on margaritas and assorted vodka drinks.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s mac and cheese
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s mac n cheese
Jack Allen’s Kitchen/Facebook

2. Taqueria Chapala 3

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6116 W Highway 290
Austin, TX
(512) 892-3871
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Sometimes simple is best. Taqueria Chapala 3 does the basics right: breakfast tacos are served in a three-pack for $3.99, and there’s even a drive-thru window for morning commuters. Dine-in offers classic platters like carne guisada, alambres, and bistec ranchero, usually priced at $10 or less. The service is friendly, and the kitchen is consistent.

Taqueria Chapala 3
Taqueria Chapala 3
Taqueria Chapala/Yelp

3. Slab BBQ

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7101 W Highway 71
Austin, TX
(512) 243-8000
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Another food truck made good, Slab BBQ’s second location is counterprogramming compared to most Texas barbecue: the restaurant embraces recipes from Memphis and the Carolinas in defiance of local barbecue puritanism. The menu is affordable, kid-friendly, and easy to like, with sandwich names like Notorious P.I.G. and Tony Montana, generating some laughs as well. While the dining room is already open, expect a craft beer bar expansion late this summer.

Slab BBQ’s sandwich
Slab BBQ’s sandwich
Slab BBQ/Facebook

4. Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood

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7101 West Hwy 71
Austin, TX
(512) 382-0968
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New to the Oak Hill Y, Houston’s Eurasia filled a much-needed sushi void. The restaurant offers one of the area’s only full bars, with significant bar seating for the after-work crowd. The main dining area is moderately formal, and hosts a long menu of sashimi, sushi, and grilled dishes. One added surprise is a lengthy section of 11 Indonesian items. The double-happy hour on drinks and sushi runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily.

Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
Sushi and fish from Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood/Yelp

5. Tucci's Southside Subs

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7101 W Highway 71 Ste A5
Austin, TX
(512) 288-7414
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The area’s best-kept sandwich secret, Tucci’s is a perennial hit with the lunch crowd of tech workers and construction-types congregating on the Y. Find Philly-style hoagies here served on New World Bakery bread with Boar’s Head cold cuts. Popular orders include the Gourmet Italian and a updated Philly cheesesteak served with grilled mushrooms, onions, and jalapenos.

A sub from Tucci’s
A sub from Tucci’s
Tucci’s Southside Subs/Facebook

6. Tino’s Tex-Mex

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6911 US-290
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 903-1436
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A popular morning stop for 290 and 71 commuters, Tino’s has built a following large enough to warrant a recent expansion from a small trailer to a large, fully-modernized truck. In addition to the popular breakfast tacos, lunch features a mix of tacos, tortas, burgers, and combo platters. There’s some limited picnic tables seating, but most customers opt for takeout.

Tino’s Tex-Mex’s tacos
Tino’s Tex-Mex’s tacos
Denise M./Yelp

7. Chen Z

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6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735

Chen Z’s expansion from North Austin brought green onion pancakes, steamed and fried dumplings, and classic northern Chinese hand-cut noodle soups and platters to Southwest Austin. The storefront has table seating, but many opt for takeout here. The beef noodle soup and the cold beef appetizer are both favorites here; also ask about the eclectic daily chef’s specials.

Noodles from Chen Z
Noodles from Chen Z
S.J./Yelp

8. Via 313 Pizzeria

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6705 Highway 290
Austin, TX
(512) 584-8084
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Austin’s favorite Detroit-style pizzeria found a comfortable home in Oak Hill after years in a trailer: the sit-down location added a full bar and regular bar-style pies. The main attraction, of course, is still 313’s unique, square Sicilian-style pies. There’s also a surprisingly thoughtful array of salads, top-shelf beer like Pinthouse’s Electric Jellyfish, and dessert specials. At peak times, check the NoWait app to see when you’ll be seated.

Via 313’s pizza
Via 313’s pizza
Via 313/Facebook

1. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s mac and cheese
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s mac n cheese
Jack Allen’s Kitchen/Facebook

When Jack Gilmore opened his eponymous kitchen in 2009, Oak Hill embraced it with open arms. Nearly eight years later, weekend waits for a table are still the norm. Gilmore focuses on tacos, burgers, chicken fried items, and steaks — there’s something for everyone, served in a New American-style meant for mass appeal. The bar has a long list of Texas craft beers and a pronounced emphasis on margaritas and assorted vodka drinks.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX

2. Taqueria Chapala 3

6116 W Highway 290, Austin, TX
Taqueria Chapala 3
Taqueria Chapala 3
Taqueria Chapala/Yelp

Sometimes simple is best. Taqueria Chapala 3 does the basics right: breakfast tacos are served in a three-pack for $3.99, and there’s even a drive-thru window for morning commuters. Dine-in offers classic platters like carne guisada, alambres, and bistec ranchero, usually priced at $10 or less. The service is friendly, and the kitchen is consistent.

6116 W Highway 290
Austin, TX

3. Slab BBQ

7101 W Highway 71, Austin, TX
Slab BBQ’s sandwich
Slab BBQ’s sandwich
Slab BBQ/Facebook

Another food truck made good, Slab BBQ’s second location is counterprogramming compared to most Texas barbecue: the restaurant embraces recipes from Memphis and the Carolinas in defiance of local barbecue puritanism. The menu is affordable, kid-friendly, and easy to like, with sandwich names like Notorious P.I.G. and Tony Montana, generating some laughs as well. While the dining room is already open, expect a craft beer bar expansion late this summer.

7101 W Highway 71
Austin, TX

4. Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood

7101 West Hwy 71, Austin, TX
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
Sushi and fish from Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood/Yelp

New to the Oak Hill Y, Houston’s Eurasia filled a much-needed sushi void. The restaurant offers one of the area’s only full bars, with significant bar seating for the after-work crowd. The main dining area is moderately formal, and hosts a long menu of sashimi, sushi, and grilled dishes. One added surprise is a lengthy section of 11 Indonesian items. The double-happy hour on drinks and sushi runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily.

7101 West Hwy 71
Austin, TX

5. Tucci's Southside Subs

7101 W Highway 71 Ste A5, Austin, TX
A sub from Tucci’s
A sub from Tucci’s
Tucci’s Southside Subs/Facebook

The area’s best-kept sandwich secret, Tucci’s is a perennial hit with the lunch crowd of tech workers and construction-types congregating on the Y. Find Philly-style hoagies here served on New World Bakery bread with Boar’s Head cold cuts. Popular orders include the Gourmet Italian and a updated Philly cheesesteak served with grilled mushrooms, onions, and jalapenos.

7101 W Highway 71 Ste A5
Austin, TX

6. Tino’s Tex-Mex

6911 US-290, Austin, TX 78749
Tino’s Tex-Mex’s tacos
Tino’s Tex-Mex’s tacos
Denise M./Yelp

A popular morning stop for 290 and 71 commuters, Tino’s has built a following large enough to warrant a recent expansion from a small trailer to a large, fully-modernized truck. In addition to the popular breakfast tacos, lunch features a mix of tacos, tortas, burgers, and combo platters. There’s some limited picnic tables seating, but most customers opt for takeout.

6911 US-290
Austin, TX 78749

7. Chen Z

6705 US-290, Austin, TX 78735
Noodles from Chen Z
Noodles from Chen Z
S.J./Yelp

Chen Z’s expansion from North Austin brought green onion pancakes, steamed and fried dumplings, and classic northern Chinese hand-cut noodle soups and platters to Southwest Austin. The storefront has table seating, but many opt for takeout here. The beef noodle soup and the cold beef appetizer are both favorites here; also ask about the eclectic daily chef’s specials.

6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735

8. Via 313 Pizzeria

6705 Highway 290, Austin, TX
Via 313’s pizza
Via 313’s pizza
Via 313/Facebook

Austin’s favorite Detroit-style pizzeria found a comfortable home in Oak Hill after years in a trailer: the sit-down location added a full bar and regular bar-style pies. The main attraction, of course, is still 313’s unique, square Sicilian-style pies. There’s also a surprisingly thoughtful array of salads, top-shelf beer like Pinthouse’s Electric Jellyfish, and dessert specials. At peak times, check the NoWait app to see when you’ll be seated.

6705 Highway 290
Austin, TX

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